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March 12, 2014 0

Los Angeles: Bottega Louie’s Macarons

By in American, Desserts, French, Italian, Los Angeles, Paris

700 S Grand Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90017
(213) 802-1470
http://bottegalouie.com

Truth be told, I wasn’t always a fan of macarons. Last year I fell in love with Paris and now eating macarons is a delightful reminder of my visit to Paris. I was all too happy to take home a box of Bottega Louie’s macarons last weekend. I was in Los Angeles for just enough time to grab dinner at Bottega Louie on Sunday night and visit the Griffith Observatory the next morning. I picked my favorite flavors and every bite was exquisite. Chocolate orange, espresso, pistacho, Earl Grey, and rose. Loved the gold dust on the pretty blue Earl Grey.

The good news is you don’t have to book a flight to LA to enjoy their treats. They sell their macarons online.



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February 3, 2014 1

Mul Kimchi with Oh Kimchi Austin

By in Asian, Austin, Food Event

A little over a week ago I was honored to be an invited guest to attend a day of Jam and Jive, an informative event hosted by Edible Austin, Travaasa, and Sustainable Food Center. The focus of this enlightening weekend was to highlight preserving food. One of the workshops I sat in on was Oh Kimchi’s Mul Kimchi workshop. Mul Kimchi is water-based kimchi and it was so empowering to find that anyone can make their own jar of kimchi!

Ingredients:
water
salt and sugar to taste
chili powder to taste
your choice of vegetables (We used Napa Cabbage, carrots, daikon, green onions, and garlic.)

Directions:

  1. Slice vegetable into bite size pieces and place into a mixing bowl.
  2. Mince or thinly slice garlic and add to mixing bowl.
  3. Liberally add salt and sugar and hand mix vegetables. The vegetables should start to react to the salt and emit liquid.
  4. Add chili powder to taste.
  5. Fill mason jar with vegetables.
  6. Pour in water so it completely covers the vegetables, tightly close the lid, and shake the jar gently.
  7. Taste water to see if it needs anymore seasoning.
  8. Leave closed jar out for 1-3 days at room temperature.
  9. The flavors should start to mature. When it reaches a flavor you are satisfied with, store the jar in fridge.

What can you do with your jar of Kimchi?

Eat it on it’s own with rice or as a side to your main dish.

Throw in some of the broth and the vegetables to add nice flavor and bite to your ramen.

Make a kimchi omelet.


Question: What are your favorite ways to eat kimchi?

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January 29, 2014 1

Houston: The Banana Split at Cloud 10

By in American, Desserts, Houston

I know it’s been really cold by Texan standards in Houston and Austin the last couple of days but it’s about to be in the 70s again. I’m craving a banana split from Cloud 10 Creamery. What’s involved? Caramelized banana, hot fudge milk chocolate, candied pecans, nutella powder, and brown sugar crumble. We ordered it with chocolate, nutella, and Vietnamese coffee ice cream. Next time you’re in Houston, stop by and have possibly the best banana split you’ll ever have.

5216 Morningside
Houston, TX 77005
(713) 434-6129
cloud10creamery.com

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November 20, 2013 4

Wordless Wednesday: East Side King at Hole in the Wall

By in Asian, Austin

2538 Guadalupe St
Austin, TX 78705
(512) 422-5884
http://eskaustin.com

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East Side King

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November 13, 2013 0

Wordless Wednesday: 3rd Annual Wine and Swine

By in Austin, Food Event

Many thanks to Anita for inviting me as her plus one. This is my second year attending Wine & Swine and it’s official, I’m in love with this event.

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October 3, 2013 6

Pok Pok in Portland Oregon

By in Asian, Oregon, Portland, Thai

3226 SE Division St
Portland, OR 97202
(503) 232-1387
http://pokpokpdx.com

If I make it back to Portland, Oregon, there are places I must revisit: Salt and Straw, Powell’s Books, Nong’s food truck, and Pok Pok. I have a hard time revisiting places and things because my thirst to see it all and eat it all sometimes works against me. I can’t go back to a city because I’ve already been to that city. I understand the limitations this puts on my me and even my happiness. So I hope I find myself in Portland again and when I do, I’ll be feasting at Pok Pok again. It may be my favorite Thai food experience I’ve had. Says a lot because I’ve had the delicious Lotus of Siam in Vegas. If you go to Pok Pok, and I hope you do, order the fish sauce wings.




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September 8, 2013 2

P. Terry’s with the Little

By in American, Austin

12301 N MoPac Expy
512 719-4810
http://www.pterrys.com/

I just realized that it’s been three years since I’ve blogged about eating with my little from Big Brothers and Big Sisters of America! How could this be? But a quick search on my blog turned up the last posts were in September 2010. Here’s one of the photos from a now closed hot dog joint.

And here she is today almost exactly three years later. She has grown from an adorable munchkin to a lovely young woman. We went one of the new locations of P. Terry’s. I’m so happy to have a P. Terry’s up north in Austin now! This one is fairly close to me and there’s an even closer one being built on N. 183.

All our meals are typically budget friendly. What was ordered: a double cheeseburger ($3.45), a cheeseburger ($2.25), a large delicious root beer milkshake to split ($2.60), and large order of french fries to split ($1.55). On top of being budget friendly, I trust the ingredients used by P. Terry’s infinitely more than say one of those national fast food chains.

Happy Sunday from my little and me to you!

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September 5, 2013 2

Chile Bash Menu at Z’Tejas

By in American, Austin, Food Event, Tex Mex

1110 W 6th St
Austin, Texas
(512) 478-5355
http://ztejas.com/

Austinites love Hatch chile season! Z’Tejas is not only playing homage to this beloved chile but is also doing it for a great cause. For every item off their Chile Bash Menu ordered, they are donating $1 to the Cancer Survivorship Clinic at the Children’s Blood & Cancer Center at Dell Children’s. They hope to raise $5,000. I was invited by their PR group to try their menu in exchange for honest feedback. I came by their downtown Austin location the first day of their fundraiser and tried everything on their Chile Bash Menu. (I’m still full two days later.)


Skinny Z’smash and Skinny Smokin’ Margarita, both $8.50

The Skinny Z’Smash tasted a lot like a mimosa. What blew me away was the Skinny Smokin’ Margarita. It has Herradyra Anejo, DeKuyper Peach, Grand Marnier, lemon juice, agave nectar, and Tabasco sauce, which you don’t taste til the very end. There were so many notes in this drink that complement each other with enough contrast to surprise you. Surprise you in a delightful way, I promise.


Hatch chile onion rings; $6.95

I could not stop munching on these lightly battered onion rings and hatch chiles. They tasted delicious on their own and also with the Hatch chile sauce and the barbecue sauce.


Tamarind Chicken Salad; $13.95

There’s something on the menu for everyone. If you’re gluten free or wanted something lighter, this salad is a great option. I rarely order salads as I come from a place of hedonistic gluttony. I dutifully took a few bites of the salad; my body thanked me for the ruffage and my taste-buds did not complain. I imagined them giving me a reluctant smile as I went back for more bites throughout the meal. The chicken was glazed in tamarind. There were candied pecans, goat cheese, and pickled Hatch chiles. There is also the chicken free version (just $4.95) of this salad on the menu!


Herb Chile Glazed Mahi Mahi; $16.95

Served with roasted vegetables and red beans, the Herb Chile Glazed Mahi Mahi is another healthy option on the Chile Bash Menu. I might have ignored it too long on the cast iron serving dish because the fish was just a little dry and overcooked.


Adobo Steak Relleno; $13.95

I often joke that I love spicy food so much but hate that it makes my face sweat. This dish was one of my two favorites from the night. If you can tolerate heat, I recommend this one! The relleno was stuffed with Jack cheese, caramelized onions, and seared beef tenderloin. Apologies to my dinner companion for sweating after eating this but it hurt so good.


Pork Tenderloin Sliders; $13.95

The Pork Tenderloin Sliders were my other favorite dish of the night. It had sweet, sour, and spicy components and none of them overpowered the others. Lightly battered tender pork, topped with green chile pineapple chimichurri and slaw are served in between soft jalapeno rolls. You can have them with a side of sweet potato fries, steak fries, or the Hatch chile onion rings. Guys, I could not get enough of this plate. Even the steak fries, the lowly sidekick to the sliders were addictive.


Chile Coconut Flan; $5.95

Hm! So Coconut Flan must be a thing? I just had my first one at Uncle Julio’s. I had trouble detecting any chile in this flan but I had no complaints. If you enjoy coconut and custards with a rich texture, this one is for you.

I love it when I can do something that fulfills multiple levels of desire. When you come and order off this menu, you can satiate your hunger, help raise money to fight cancer, enjoy Hatch chiles while they’re in season, and be gentle to your budget. Isn’t that a winning combination? Come soon. Fundraiser ends September 16.

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August 22, 2013 18

Giveaway: Mug Cakes

By in Books, Desserts, Giveaway


I received a review copy of Mug Cakes by Leslie Bilderback from St. Martin’s Press and I was so excited to try out a recipe. This book reached my doorsteps and less than twenty four hours later, I bought Nutella, baking powder, and an adorable mug (not pictured because what I did to it wasn’t very photogenic). I’m not a baker. What I love about cooking verse baking is that I can edit as I go to minimize errors. When you bake, there really isn’t much room to correct for errors after you stick your dessert in the oven. I think microwaving your cakes in single serving mugs is a great way to make cakes for the baking impaired!

I am sad to report my microwaving skills aren’t that great either. Last night I tried the nutella mug cake and I must have microwaved it too long because it came out dry. I haven’t given up on mug cakes just yet though! Just flipping through the book inspires you to create mug cakes. They’re perfect for dessert for one and perfect for hosting dinner parties. There are 100 recipes in here which means there’s something for everyone! Traditional cakes, chocolate cakes, fruity cakes,and even alcoholic cakes for the adults. I didn’t want to wait to master a recipe before telling you about this book and also host a giveaway! St. Martin Press is letting me give away two copies of this gorgeous cookbook.

To put your name in the hat, simply leave a comment. Giveaway ends on Sunday at midnight. I’ll draw two winners on Monday. Please use a valid contact so I can email you or tweet you if you’re a lucky winner!

Full Disclosure: I was provided the review copy and was not monetarily compensated. As always, all thoughts on this blog are my own unless otherwise stated.

Update: Winners are Wendy and South Austin Foodie! I’ll be emailing you for your mailing address shortly. Thank you all for participating!

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August 14, 2013 8

Wordless Wednesday: Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

By in American, Books, Cooking

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

Because we are busy women with conflicting schedules, we finally were able to meet for our second cook book book club meeting! It only took us five months! The book of choice this round was Smitten Kitchen. I made a sugar snap pea and radish salad with miso dressing (pictured above). Recipe can be found here.

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

Cookbook Book Club: Smitten Kitchen

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